Atlantic Coast Brewing
By Donald S. Gosselin
The road to some of the finest local ale leads to... Charlestown? Very true
indeed, for since May of 1994, the Atlantic Coast Brewing Company has been
treating Bostonians to some of the finest British-style ales this side of the
Atlantic. Atlantic began with three draught accounts, which grew to twenty
accounts in under ninety days. As Atlantic's beers have become better known,
the count has risen to seventy. "We're huge!," jokes Chris Lohring, co-owner of
Using a small brewing system designed by British brewmaster Alan Pugsley of
Peter Austin & Partners, Lohring and partner Alex Reveliotty have produced four
noteworthy ales and are currently planning a fifth. Tremont Ale, Tremont Cask
Conditioned Ale, Tremont Porter and Tremont E.S.B. (or Extra Special Bitter)
have been well-received. With their twenty barrel brewing system, Atlantic can
produce up to forty kegs of fresh ale in a session. "We're brewing two to three
times a week," said Lohring, who added that they were just keeping up.
Reveliotty and Lohring are currently planning a draught-only barleywine, or
extra strong ale, which will be available at Thanksgiving. The recipe will
feature two-row British pale, crystal, black and wheat malts for a complex
flavor profile. In the tradition of most British barleywines, a small addition
of corn syrup will be used to boost the alcohol content to 10% by volume.
Unlike many British examples of this style however, a bottled version will not
be produced. "It will be strictly a draught beer," say Lohring, who added that
only two of the kegs will be cask-conditioned
Tremont Old Scratch
Luscious apricot and cherry fruit with chocolate and mocha. Lots going on -
huge beer, flavors of roasted malt and hops. Will improve with age.
Citrus fruit and floral British hops abound to make a medium to full bodied
elixir. A future world classic.
Want to know what Bass Ale tastes like in Britain? This ESB is citrusy, woody
and complex. Pleasant chalky and dry finish.
Dense layers of foam give way to fruity, nutty malt with pronounced British hop
character. Exceptionally quaffable.
Tremont Ale (Cask Conditioned)
A cask conditioned version of the above brew. Lower carbonation and warmer
serving temperature allow for more hop and malt flavor. Delightfully yeasty and